May 28, 2015

Canned Seafood Recalled in Canada

Vasco de Gama Seafood Recall

Vasco Da Gama brand canned seafood is being recalled in Canada for "the potential presence of dangerous bacteria". The notice at the CFIA doesn't specify which bacteria may have contaminated these products. You can see the long list of recalled products at the CFIA web site. They were sold nationally at the retail level. They include Mussels in Marinade sauce, Octopus and Squid in Garlic Sauce, Portuguese Sardines in Vegetable Oil, Mackerel Filets in Olive Oil, Portuguese Sardines in Hot Sauce, Small Sardines in Tomato Sauce, and Horse Mackerel in Vegetable Oil, among others. All are Vasco Da Gama brand. You can also see pictures of the recalled items at the CFIA site. If you purchased these items, do not eat them. Discard or return to the place of purchase for a refund. The symptoms … [Read more...]

In Canada, The Soup Boy Recalling Carrot Soup for Botulism

The Soup Boy Carrot Soup Botulism Recall

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and The Soup Boy are recalling Carrot Soup made by that company because it may permit the growth of the dangerous bacteria Clostridium botulinum. No illnesses have been reported to date, although the recall was triggered by a consumer complaint. The recalled product is The Soup Boy Carrot Soup in one liter containers. The product is not labeled and there is no UPC number. It was sold in New Brunswick. Clostridium botulinum bacteria produce spores that are not easily destroyed. When low-acid foods are improperly canned, it produces the ideal environment for the spores to grow and produce a deadly toxin. Toxin smaller than a grain of sand can kill a person. If you purchased this product, do not eat it. Discard in a sealed container or return it to … [Read more...]

Botulism Case in North Carolina: Be Careful with Home Canning

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Home canning is becoming more popular, since more people are planting gardens, supporting locally grown produce, and the "clean food" movement gathers steam. But canning low-acid foods, such as potatoes, carrots, and meat, can be tricky. One mistake and one bite of an improperly canned food, and you could die. A woman in North Carolina contracted botulism earlier this year, according to a presentation at the Governor's Task Force on Food Safety and Defense at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Research Triangle Park. The North Carolina Health News broke the story. Botulism spores are produced by the Clostridium botulism bacteria. They can survive just about anything. They live in dirt, and can be on any plant harvested from any container, garden, or farm. The spores grow in … [Read more...]

After Botulism Outbreaks, CDC Issues Home Canning Tips

After two botulism outbreaks were reported in one month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled some tips on home canning, the most common source of foodborne botulism. In New Mexico, two people sickened with botulism were hospitalized in Texas. In Ohio, at least 21 people who ate at a church potluck were sickened and one of them died. Botulism is caused by a nerve toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum which is found in soil and dust. Symptoms include: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, muscle weakness, descending paralysis, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath. Death occurs when the muscles that control breathing are paralyzed. Between 1996 to 2008, 116 foodborne … [Read more...]

Home Canned Potatoes Likely Caused Ohio Church Botulism Outbreak

Potato Salad FPB

Public health officials in Ohio have found that potato salad made from home-canned potatoes likely caused the deadly botulism outbreak at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church potluck on April 19, 2015. As of today, there are 21 confirmed cases of botulism associated with that event. One woman died. There are also ten suspected cases where people are showing symptoms consistent with the illness. Patients have been treated with a botulism antitoxin provided by the CDC. Twelve people are still hospitalized. Improperly canned low-acid foods, such as potatoes, cheese, meat, and vegetables can harbor Clostridium botulism spores. Those spores grow in low-oxygen environments. Canned foods have very little oxygen, which is driven off during the cooking and canning process. It's … [Read more...]

Two Foodborne Botulism Outbreaks in One Month

Clostridium botulinum

Foodborne botulism is rare, but this month two outbreaks have been reported, one in New Mexico and one in Ohio. In New Mexico, two people were sickened and hospitalized in Texas. In Ohio, at least 19 people who ate at a church potluck were sickened and one of them died. Patients in that outbreak are being treated at the Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio. Health officials have not yet determined the food source for either outbreak. In Ohio, the list of possible suspects includes 20 items. Botulism is caused by a nerve toxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum which is found in soil and dust. Symptoms include: double vision, blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, muscle weakness, descending paralysis, difficulty … [Read more...]

Update on Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church Botulism Outbreak

Clostridium botulinum

Fairfield Medical Center has updated information on the botulism outbreak linked to the Cross Point Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, Ohio. There are 18 suspected cases, including the death of a 54-year-old woman. None of these cases have been confirmed through laboratory testing. Twenty-one more people have sought treatment at area hospitals as a precaution. All of those affected attended a potluck at the church on Sunday, April 19, 2015. About 60 people were in attendance. If you attended that event, go to an emergency room for questions and a health evaluation. The longer treatment is delayed, the more serious the resulting illness will be. The hospital made arrangements with the Centers for Discase Controla nd Prevention (CDC) to obtain botulism anti-toxin. The medicine … [Read more...]

Ohio Church Potluck Botulism Has Now Sickened 24

Clostridium botulism

The outbreak of botulism linked to a potluck dinner served at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, Ohio has now sickened at least 24 people. One person, a 54-year-old woman, has died, and all patients have been hospitalized. Still others are under observation. Three people are in critical condition, according to Fairfield Medical Center. The hospital has activated its Incident Command Center. More patients are being treated at other hospitals in the area. About 60 people were in attendance at the event, including some children.  Dr. Andrew Murry of Fairfield Medical Center said, "we are encouraging everyone who attended the potluck to report to the emergency room or their nearest medical facility for questions and also to seek an evaluation for further medical … [Read more...]

Botulism After OH Church Potluck Kills 1, Sickens 20

Clostridium botulinum

A botulism outbreak has sickened 20 people and killed one person after those people attended a church potluck in Ohio. All of the patients who were brought to the Fairfield Medical Center Emergency Department in Lancaster, Ohio attended a potluck on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster. Five people are in the Intensive Care Unit, and ten were transported to hospitals in Columbus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sending anti-toxin to the hospitals in the area. Some of the patients are on ventilators. Clostridium botulinum bacteria produce a toxin that paralyzes nerves. The bacteria grows in anaerobic environments (without oxygen) and can be present in improperly canned low-acid foods such as canned green beans or … [Read more...]

Uneviscerated Dried Fish Sold in NY Risk of Botulism

Dry Fish Recalled Botulism

The New York Department of Agriculture is warning consumers to not eat "Dry Bream-Lesh (Fish)" sold by Tatuka Inc. of Brooklyn, New York because it was not eviscerated. Fish that do not have their guts removed may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which can be deadly. No illnesses have been reported to date. The fish was sold from retail stores to consumers in the New York City metro area. It is packaged in a clear, vacuum-packed, flexible plastic pouch and is sold in the refrigerated foods department. The product has a "Best before" date of 01:08:2015. It is a product of Russia. Clostridium botulinum spores are more likely to be concentrated in the guts, or viscera, of fish than any other place. Symptoms of botulism poisoning include blurred or double vision, poor … [Read more...]

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